Municipality of Port Hope receives Lieutenant Governor's award



    PORT HOPE, ON, Feb. 18 /CNW/ - The Municipality of Port Hope is one of
four communities receiving the 2008 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage
Award for Community Leadership. The award recognizes communities for exemplary
leadership in heritage conservation and promotion.
    "This award acknowledges communities on the leading edge of heritage
conservation in this province," said the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario. "The Municipality of Port Hope should be proud of its
accomplishments."
    The Lieutenant Governor will present the awards at a Queen's Park
ceremony on February 20, in the presence of the Honourable Lincoln M.
Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust, as part of the province's
Heritage Week celebrations. The awards will be presented in conjunction with
the Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards recognizing volunteer
achievements.
    "We're delighted the Municipality of Port Hope is receiving this special
award," said Mr. Alexander. "Their leadership in conserving local heritage
sets a strong example for other communities across the province."
    The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Award for Community Leadership
is awarded in four population sub-categories. The four recipients are: the
Town of Perth (population under 10,000), the Municipality of Port Hope
(population from 10,000 to 50,000), the City of Kingston (population of 50,000
to 125,000) and the Town of Markham (population over 125,000).
    "The Municipality of Port Hope is honoured to receive this prestigious
award," said Linda Thompson, Mayor of the Municipality of Port Hope. "Our
community takes great pride in our rich architectural history and we are
pleased to be recognized as a leader in preservation of our heritage assets."
    The Municipality of Port Hope continues to be a leader in heritage
conservation. Since its Municipal Heritage Committee was formed in 1977, over
176 properties have been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, as well as
two Heritage Conservation Districts. Port Hope offers property tax deferrals
and grant programs for owners of designated commercial properties, and has a
tree protection bylaw and policies governing heritage signs. The municipality
has also adopted official policies for the protection of heritage properties,
natural landscapes and archaeological sites, and has provided assistance with
the restoration of several designated properties.
    Home to the "Best Preserved Main Street in Ontario," Port Hope takes
pride in celebrating its built heritage through publications, special events
and festivals, including Doors Open Ontario and the annual ACO House Tour.
With numerous museums, archives and heritage organizations, this community has
long recognized the important role that heritage plays in social and economic
development.
    In addition to the recipients of the Community Leadership Award, four
communities are receiving honourable mentions: the Village of Manotick, the
City of Thorold, the Town of Aurora and the City of Hamilton.
    The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards are administered by the
Ontario Heritage Trust, an agency of the Government of Ontario dedicated to
identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's heritage.

    
    Quick Facts:

    -   The Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage Awards were established in
        2007 by the Honourable James K. Bartleman, former Lieutenant Governor
        of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Heritage Trust.

    -   The Community Leadership Award was added in 2008. This will be the
        first time it is presented.

    Learn More:

    -   See the media release <a href="http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2009/18/c9378.html">Lieutenant Governor recognizes volunteers and</a>
        <a href="http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/February2009/18/c9378.html">communities for work to conserve Ontario's heritage</a> for information
        on all recipients of the 2008 Lieutenant Governor's Ontario Heritage
        Awards.

    -   Visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca or www.lt.gov.on.ca for more
        information on the awards.

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For further information:

For further information: Catrina Colme, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5074, E-mail:
catrina.colme@heritagetrust.on.ca; Linda Thompson, Mayor, Municipality of Port
Hope, Telephone: (905) 885-4544 ext. 229, E-mail: mayor@porthope.ca


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